Sermon Overview & Prayer: "Be Wise. Be Warned."



C.J. Mahaney  |  Psalm 2  |  3.6.22
These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 2

PRAYER: Lord God, help me to guard my heart against a fear of those who appear to be taking control – who appear to be unrestrained in their wickedness, arrogance, and violence.  Holy Spirit prompt me to cease my meditation upon what I hear and read and see. Direct my heart to the Word of God and to the One who is sovereign over world affairs and reveals His purpose in world affairs, which cannot be frustrated.

PRAYER: Father, lift my eyes to the truth of your sovereign rule and the reality of Christ enthroned over all, so that I too would be astonished at the arrogant defiance of sinful rebellion. Thank you, that in your mercy, you likewise convict me of the foolishness of my own sin. Please show me my sin as no less foolish, when it so often rises up to oppose you. And thank you for granting me grace to repent, rather than leaving me on a path to destruction.

PRAYER:  Lord, as I read the prophetic pronouncements of a coming King, a Ruler, a Conqueror, and a returning righteous Judge, may I be filled with the awesome wonder that you have always been in control, and never not in control. You have been working all things after the counsel of your will throughout all time. In response, I bow my heart in worship and trust, and my will in humble obedience.

PRAYER: Father, so often the tragedies of this fallen world leave me perplexed and confused. I am tempted to wonder about, and even doubt your purposes and your plans – let alone your dominion and kingdom. Take me again and again to those verses that declare that the kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ. And when I continue to doubt, take me to the empty tomb – the greatest and most glorious of all triumphs. And there revive my heart with full assurance and faith! 

PRAYER: My Lord and Savior, my Redeemer and King, help me to live a life that rejoices with trembling. May I joyfully treasure your steadfast love, your mercy, and your grace. But may I never forget the price that was paid, the judgment that was rendered, or the fate that would have awaited me had you not died and rose again to save me by your grace!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, continually open doors of opportunity for me to share with others that there is hope, there is mercy, and there is deliverance for all who will seek refuge in the one who alone can save – Jesus Christ the Lord!

Psalm 2 raises our eyes to the One who is sovereign over all world affairs. While the kings of the earth want to rule themselves and rage, plot, conspire, and revolt against the Lord, in wrath the Lord laughs and rebukes them for their rebellion. This is because the Lord has installed His own King who carries out the Lord’s redemp2ve purposes in this world. In fact, all of history and all kings are under His Son’s rule, and, unlike theirs, His decree will prevail. He therefore warns the kings to submit to Him, less His wrath come upon them. He reminds those who repent and trust in Him that they are blessed. This Psalm teaches us to fix our gaze on the One seated in Heaven as we seek to understand the turmoil around us. It informs us where history is headed and reminds us that the Lord’s decrees will come to frui2on. Lastly, it warns us to not rule over ourselves, but to trust in the One on the throne who delights in blessing us.


  1. The psalmist says in verse 11 to “serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” What does this look like for us in Christ?
  2. Verse 12 says, “Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” How have you experienced the Lord’s blessing when you trusted in Him?
  3. CJ said that this Psalm challenges us to decide, “in whom will you place your trust?” Which areas of your life do you s2ll need to entrust to the Lord? How might you do so?
  4. CJ pointed out that Psalm 2 is meant to steady our souls wherever we are and in whatever we are experiencing. How can this be true for you?
  5. In light of current poli2cs, how would you use the truths in this psalm to engage a non-chris2an in conversa2on? How might you use these current events to point them to the gospel?